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Director’s Bios

David Gruber, Director (2008-) has developed and implemented career pathways in the bio-tech, energy, utility, education and engineering sectors. David is currently directing Growth Sector efforts in the STEM Core Initiative.  Prior to founding Growth Sector, Mr. Gruber served as an advisor to Genentech, Manpower, Pacific Gas and Electric, Public Private Ventures, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Mott Foundation, Jobs for the Future, MDRC, the Packard Foundation, the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Missouri and a large number of communities in creating more effective workforce and education strategies. Mr. Gruber also co-founded the Workforce Strategy Center, and is an author of Generations of Challenge published by the Sar Levitan Center at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Gruber received the 2011 International Association of Workforce Professionals Individual Recognition award for his work in California.

David Gruber
Growth Sector
2625 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
David@growthsector.org

Caz Pereira, Director (2008-) has developed and implemented career pathways in the bio-tech, energy, utility and engineering sectors, and is currently directing Growth Sector efforts in the Orange County Bridge to Engineering. Prior to founding Growth Sector, Caz co-founded Gruber and Pereira Associates,to assist cities and states in planning and managing workforce and economic development initiatives. From 2004 -2006, while with Gruber & Pereira, Caz, in partnership with Alameda County WIB, helped develop and implement the Department of Labor High Growth High Wage Biotech Regional Initiative. He was successful in generating support from industry leaders to support this public private venture. Prior to GPA, Caz worked with Workforce Strategy Center as Senior Consultant where he coordinated and developed customized training programs in information technology and biotechnology with public workforce agencies, private firms and national and California foundations. Caz also served as Vice President for Training and Employment for San Francisco Works, a partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Caz developed public and private workforce partnerships focused on customized training programs to prepare low income and dislocated individuals for employment.

Growth Sector
2625 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Caz@growthsector.org